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Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Year ago Today

Today marks the one year anniversary of my son starting his Navy career. A year ago today I left him at the recruiters station and spent the next several months locking myself in the bathroom crying. I was and am so happy and proud of him, but the mom in me had a hard time letting go, and the no contact for those first few weeks was nearly unbearable.

It's been a long year in many ways, and in others it seems like just yesterday that I left him there in that parking lot and said good-bye.

Most of this first year has been training for him, first bootcamp, then "A School" for his Hospital Corpsman training, followed by yet more training with the Marines this time for his Field Medical Training Battalion (FMTB) Training. So he didn't actually arrive at his first non-training duty station until this past December. He is at a small Marine base, and for the most part enjoys it. We are so incredibly blessed that he is only a few hours from home now and we get to see him at least once a month if not more often.

Overall the Navy (and the Marines he serves with!) have been very good to and for him. I am confident he made the right decision for himself and couldn't be more proud!

The night of graduating boot camp

Arriving home after bootcamp and A School

After his training with the Marines

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